An explosive series of events in Jerusalem and Palestine which may lead to violence. Extremists at the wheel – Trump loses the support of Europe.
Saudi and UAE money for Sahel force with troops from five sub-Saharan states backed by the UN with French leadership to fight jihadists in the Sahara.
The Iraqi Kurds appear determined to go ahead with their referendum on independence on 25 September, despite almost universal international opposition. (Israel is a notable exception.) The result will undoubtedly be in favour but a unilateral declaration of independence the day after seems unlikely.
Saudi Arabia and its allies close land, sea and air links with Qatar. US position unclear, tempers rising. Practical consequences still to work out.
Palestine leadership needs a shakeup. Trump’s intentions vague. Israel on the rampage. Reactions in Germany and UK.
Weapons sales – a new SIPRI report. USA, Russia and China main suppliers, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Algeria in top five buyers. Arms race expected if sanctions on Iran are lifted.
New Lebanese government of (almost) all parties to prepare for elections due in May.
In the information age a lack of sound reporting compounds the difficulties of understanding events in Syria and the region.
Much international activity on Syria, no progress on the ground. Further meetings including Obama/Putin/ Erdoğan at the G-20 on Sunday.
For Arabs as for others the car is a necessity, a symbol of wealth, independence and sometimes recklessness, and a killer.